Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess Of The D’Urbervilles Essay How important is the setting in “Tess of the D’Urbervilles”; pay particular attention to hardy’s description of Flintcomb-ash and Talbothays. It could be argued that Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles is dominated by setting. A basic interpretation to settings would describe the surroundings of a character. However, I think that Hardy had expanded on this idea and this view and methodically used setting to explore various concepts; for example he uses Tess and Alec as the “setting” for his exploration and explanation of faith and religion. His use of the setting relates to and reflects on Tess’s feelings towards Victorian society and their views. During the Victorian era the role of a woman was criticised highly. People in Victorian society viewed women differently than how we do today. It was frowned upon for women to have illegitimate babies thus being secluded to society. This may be the reason why Tess’s natural, simplistic character had later become a victim of society. Hardy also uses society as a type of setting in that he treats society as human surroundings of his main characters. He explores the restraints imposed upon individuals by this human “setting”, with it’s hypocritical rules and morals. The protagonist (Tess) is very troubled. The readers see Tess transform from a pure, natural innocent girl to a “maiden no more” as her virtue was stolen from her. After the death of her illegitimate child Tess leaves her home town in search of a new life; a new beginning. Talbothays was Tess’s refuge away from the scrutinizing eyes of society. Talbothays was perceived as being pure and at one with nature similar to how Tess was before she was contaminated by the much industrialised Alec this also relates to the agricultural revolution that was happening. Hardy describes in chapter 27” the languid perfume of the summer
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